MPs say 1,000 babies die preventable deaths in England each year

MPs say 1,000 babies die preventable deaths in England each year

Commons health committee says NHS has reduced baby deaths significantly but could do more to improve safety.

A thousand babies die preventable deaths every year in England because a culture of shifting blame and keeping tight-lipped means lessons are not learned after mistakes happen on NHS maternity wards, a report by MPs has said.

Nearly two in five childbirth units still provide care that is unsafe to some extent, despite maternity care improving in recent years after a series of scandals.

The Health Select Committee praised the NHS for the “impressive” 30% fall in neonatal deaths and 25% drop in stillbirths over the last decade. But the MPs said in the report: “The improvement has come from a low base and if we had the same rate as Sweden approximately 1,000 more babies would survive every year.”

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